There are plenty of unusual bars in the UK from a prison-themed party venue to Cahoots in London which looks like a vintage speakeasy.
But, around the world there are some venues that will blow your mind – from high tech waiters to faux planes.
Whether you're heading on a cruise, to the United States or somewhere in Europe, like Estonia or Switzerland, make sure you check out some of the most interesting and unique drinking venues.
Raise a glass to some of the weirdest watering holes around the world and check them out below…
HR Giger Bar, Gruyères, Switzerland
Step into the “Skeleton Bar” and you’ll discover what it’s like to drink beer inside the stomach of a giant fossilised beast.
The work of Hans Ruedi Giger, designer on the Alien movies who created the human-eating title character and won an Oscar for special effects, the cavernous structure is covered by arches of vertebrae that criss-cross the ceiling of a castle.
Feel like Jonah inside the whale as you are surrounded by rows and rows of carefully arranged bones, from the walls to the chairs and flower vases.
The ultimate piece of immersive art, this landmark bar is located next to the HR Giger Museum, which is devoted to the art of the famous Swiss designer. Find out more at hrgiger.com.
A flight of fancy cocktails at JFK Airport, US
Those with a long layover in NYC could while away the hours in Connie, the TWA Hotel’s restored 1958 Lockheed Constellation aeroplane-bar.
Formerly an Alaskan bush plane shuttling supplies to Prudhoe Bay, and a marijuana dropper after retiring from TWA service, Connie now accommodates up to 75 revellers in restored vintage plane seats. The plane features murals by artist Mario Zam parelli that once graced the cabin, an original navigation system, and the emergency device people used to escape danger: a rope!
Meanwhile, the TWA Hotel’s rooftop Pool Bar has been transformed into a tented 60s après-ski experience, the Runway Chalet. The alpine-themed restaurant and bar, is complete with cosy seating, a vintage fireplace, games, and food. Find out more at twahotel.com.
Heli Lounge Bar Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By day it is a helicopter landing pad, then as the sun goes down it converts into one of the coolest and most unusual rooftop bars.
Part of the Menara KH Building, it includes two separate levels, a nightclub on the top floor and the helipad bar on the roof above. To reach the bar, take the lift to the 34th floor and enter the aviation-themed club, where there are cocktails such as “The Chopper” and a DJ table made from a Boeing 747 turbine engine. You’ll need a head for heights, there’s just tape barriers and safety netting up there. Find out more at facebook.com/heliloungebar.
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Carousel Bar, New Orleans, US
It’s not just the cocktails that could leave your head spinning at the Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. For more than 70 years, this revolving bar has attracted fun-seekers who fancy taking a spin on the 25-seat, circus-clad merry-go-round.
Overlooking Royal Street, it offers the perfect people- watching spot in the French Quarter, and with its regular entertainment schedule of live New Orleans music and amazing drinks selection, it has become one of the area’s most popular spots to grab a “Sazerac” cocktail and take a seat. Find out more at hotelmonteleone.com.
Visit the bar as part of an 11-day Heritage to Honky Tonk tour, taking in the Deep South’s “Big Three” cities of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, from £2,595 per person, bon-voyage.co.uk.
Unicorn & Narwhal, Seattle, US
Unicorn & Narwhal are two carnival-themed bars located on Capitol Hill, Seattle. Each packs its own mystical vibe into one location and offers wild nights with whimsical food and drink.
Get the party started with a My Little Pony cocktail. Take a bite out of their narwhal balls appetiser. Or drop in for the all-you-can-swallow Drag Brunch Buffet. Put on their dazzling unicorn helmets with two-foot long horns, pose for snaps in the photo booth and get busy in the pinball arcade.
Weekly events include Mimosas Cabaret’s colourful retelling of teen movie Mean Girls, Drag Queen Bingo Tuesday, and the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz. Find out more at unicornseattle.com.
Bionic Bar, Royal Caribbean International cruise ships
First unveiled on Quantum of the Seas in 2014, seven Royal Caribbean ships Harmony, Quantum, Anthem, Ovation, Symphony, Spectrum and Odyssey of the Seas — now feature the popular Bionic Bar.
Manning the bar are two robots; each has its own name (on Anthem, they’re called “Shaken” and “Stirred,” and “Mix” and “Mingle” are on Harmony). Engineered in Italy, these machines can muddle, stir, shake and strain all types of cocktails using 30 spirits and 21 mixers to make up to 1,000 drinks each day.
While waiting for your cocktail, you can check the electronic display boards for some fun stats about your order.
Once it is ready, the bionic bartenders release the drink with a simple tap of an onboard SeaPass card or wristband. Find out more at royalcaribbean.com.
Gondelbar, Murren, Switzerland
In this car-free village in the Jungfrau region of Bernese Oberland, Gondelbar was created out of the original cable car that was used in the James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and dates back to 1965.
An après-ski favourite, the tiny bar is at the end of the Palace Run, in front of the nursery slopes and next to the Hotel Jungfrau which owns it. Still sporting the same colours, sliding doors, safety rail around the windows and pole to hang on to, a handful of stools are set around the bar area, the rest is standing room or seats around the fire outside.
It offers a variety of mysterious local drinks as well as gluhwein, and opens in winter from noon. Find out more at hoteljungfrau.ch.
Depeche Mode Baar, Tallinn, Estonia
If you Just Can’t Get Enough of the synth-poppers from Basildon, Essex, then head to the DM Baar, which is entirely devoted to the band, in Estonia’s capital city.
Opened by a dedicated fan, it hit the big time when some of the actual members of Depeche Mode partied there before performing their Tallinn concert and they have since returned to their fave city nightspot. A hit with Finns, Germans and Americans, you’ll be hard pressed to Enjoy The Silence here.
Many celebs have also visited and signed the walls, which are filled with Mode memorabilia and it got so popular, it had to move to a bigger venue in the city on Voorimehe Street, where there’s a bigger party room. Find out more at depechemode.ee.
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